In December 2017 it was announced that Arthur Mamou-Mani’s project Galaxia won the Burning Man 2018 Temple Design Competition.
Galaxia is the temple for Burning Man 2018. It celebrates hope in the unknown, stars, planets, black holes, the movement uniting us in swirling galaxies of dreams. A superior form of Gaia in Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series, Galaxia is the ultimate network, the fabric of the universe connecting living beings into one entity. Galaxia is shaped of 20 timber trusses converging as a spiral towards one point in the sky.
The triangular trusses form different paths towards a central space holding a giant 3D printed mandala, the heart of Galaxia. The timber modules start large enough to hold small alcoves in which people can write in peace. As participants walk through the path, the timber modules lift up and become thinner and thinner towards the sky as people reach the central mandala.
Currently, Arthur and the team are trying to raise funds to complete this amazing project. You can help by donating, and, of course, by sharing and promoting their campaign.
To donate, please go to: https://connect.clickandpledge.com/Organization/burningmanproject/campaign/temple2018
Arthur Mamou-Mani is a MArch DS10 studio leader and tutor (alongside Toby Burgess) and the director of architecture practice Mamou-Mani Ltd. He is also a lecturer at the UCL-Bartlett and owns a digital fabrication laboratory called Fab.Pub.
In November he was selected as one of RIBA J’s Rising Stars for 2017.